William Sidney Mount Hits the Road

LIM sends well-known painting on U.S. tour


Stony Brook, NY … December 9, 2015 … Stony Brook native William Sidney Mount’s well-known painting Dance of the Haymakers, currently on display at the Long Island Museum, will take off on a national tour next spring as part of an exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The exhibition, titled Dance: American Art, 1830-1960 will feature more than 90 objects and works of art which depict American dance, ranging from Native American art to the rise of professional dancers and female artists in the early 20th century and beyond.  It opens at the Detroit Institute of Arts in March 2016 and from there, will travel to the Denver Art Museum and finally to Crystal Bridged Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The painting, completed in 1845, represents William Sidney Mount’s successful return to genre painting after the death of his beloved mother and older brother Henry in 1841. For a time, he seemed to have lost the will to paint and completed only a few genre pictures between 1840 and 1844.  With Dance of the Haymakers and subsequent works, Mount reaffirmed his reputation as a premier painter of American life.

Visitors to Stony Brook will have a chance to see Dance of the Haymakers through January 3, 2016, as part of the current exhibition Young Island: William Sidney Mount’s Scenes of Childhood, before it begins its U.S. tour. The painting will return home to the Long Island Museum in early 2017.